Linda Nathan’s recent article, “All Students Are Artists,” from the February 2012 issue of Educational Leadership hits home here at Carolina Studios. “But the arts aren’t important for just a few students,” Nathan writes. “If we believe, as the literature suggests, that students learn by doing, by engaging, by getting their hands dirt, then the arts must be central to any core curriculum.”
Nathan writes from experience. She is the co-headmaster of the Boston Arts Academy, an arts-centered high school that focuses on urban students who are rarely exposed to the arts.
In the 11 years since organizing, Carolina Studios has seen the impact of arts education through our programs for at-risk students in the Charleston area, and we have come to similar conclusions. Newly-found confidence, emerging creativity, and educational improvement are very palpable results that we see each day at the Shaw Center, and aboard the Mobile Studio as it makes its way from school to school, exposing over 90 students a week to the wonderful world of music. We help them “get their hands in the dirt,” and we see wonderful results.
But we are not alone in our efforts in the Charleston area. Yo Art has a similar focus, and, according to its website, was “founded in order to teach children media arts which will better enable them to handle both their academic studies and life’s challenges.” Carolina Studios will team up with Yo Art for the Stuff the Music Bus Art Supply Drive this April. Part of the Charleston International Film Festival, the event will feature our Mobile Studio – a customized recording studio housed aboard a full-size school bus – onsite at the Sottile Theatre in downtown Charleston and Cinebarre in Mount Pleasant to collect donated art supplies for Yo Art.
Carolina Studios and Yo Art are just two organizations working to introduce students to arts programs that aren’t provided in their public schools. As Nathan writes, “All students are artists, whether they go to an arts school or not. Students crave opportunities to figure things out—things that matter. In the arts, you have to argue. You have to determine why. The arts are about judgment. As my students say, ‘Art makes my head hurt because there isn’t one right answer.’”
Supporting Carolina Studios and Yo Art means giving Charleston-area students opportunities to tap into their creative side, question the answers, and gain tools and experience they need to develop as young people.
Visit Carolina Studios and Yo Art during Stuff the Music Bus Art Supply Drive at the following times and locations:
Sottile Theatre – 44 George Street, downtown Charleston
Wednesday, April 11 and Friday, April 13 from 5-7 p.m.
Saturday, April 14, from 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Cinebarre – 963 Houston-Northcutt Blvd., Mount Pleasant*
Thursday, April 12 from 5-7 p.m.
Sunday, April 15 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
*Bring an Art Supply and receive a ticket for $5
Linda Nathan. “All Students Are Artists.” Educational Leadership. February 2012. 27 March 2012 .